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I have plans approved by the city to open two bearing walls

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I have plans approved by the city to open two bearing walls for a span of 12' that require 11.25" and 11.75" LVL, respectively. I discovered that there is an existing 4"x8" Wood beam/girder above both walls (18'). It seems to me that a 7.25" LVL would
be sufficient if I retain the 4x8 beam and add the LVL under it. What is the minimum LVL I could use in this situation?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  John Contractor replied 1 year ago.


you are on the right road in doing what you doing but I would definitely not go under the 7.25 inch on the LVL .. just make sure that both The existing Beams And LVL Are strapped together With metal straps so they will stay Together without any spaces,,

Goof luck with your Project


John N

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